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Farmers invited to virtual mental health seminar

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July. The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and … Continue reading

Somerset farmer fined for breaching animal ban

A Somerset farmer has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after being found guilty of breaching an order banning him from keeping animals. At Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 26 … Continue reading

Trading Standards introduces Bovine TB information packs for farmers

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards has launched a new information pack giving farmers all the information they need to help safeguard their herd from Bovine TB. The packs provide … Continue reading

Devon farmer avoids jail after breaching animal ban

A Devon farmer who was banned from keeping animals has narrowly avoided jail after admitting farming a flock of over 500 sheep. At Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 15 January, … Continue reading

“No Cold Callers” scheme launched to combat rural crime and protect South West farmers

Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon’s Trading Standards Service and leading rural insurer NFU Mutual have joined forces to launch a campaign to tackle “cold calling” criminals at farms across the … Continue reading

South Hams farmer banned from keeping animals

An Ugborough farmer has been banned from keeping animals after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences. William Luscombe, 61, of Stone Farm, Ugborough, South Hams, was sentenced on Tuesday 3 … Continue reading

Teignbridge farmer banned from keeping animals

A Buckfastleigh farmer has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years following a prosecution brought by Devon, Somerset & Torbay Trading Standards Service (DSTTSS). Graham Mabin, 36, of Market … Continue reading

Somerset farmer is banned from keeping livestock for 10 years

A Somerset farmer who was ‘indifferent’ to the suffering he caused his animals has been banned from keeping animals for ten years and told to pay £15,000. Brian Churches, 58, … Continue reading

Devon farmer who kept animals in ‘appalling’ conditions sentenced

A Devon farmer found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal has been given a 16-week suspended prison sentence, fined £6,970 and banned from keeping animals for 10 years. … Continue reading

Smallholder guilty of breaching life ban on keeping animals

A Somerset smallholder has been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for breaching his life ban from keeping animals. Martin Veysey, 63, of Bridgwater, Somerset, pleaded guilty to six charges … Continue reading